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Belize tourism demonstrates robust recovery in 2023 with significant milestones

Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2024. 10:32 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) noted that Belize’s tourism sector has witnessed substantial growth in 2023, showcasing a resilient recovery after facing unprecedented challenges. 

The recently released preliminary tourism arrival figures reveal a noteworthy surge in both overnight stays and cruise ship visits, underscoring the destination’s appeal and the industry’s steadfast rebound.

Overnight stays in 2023 experienced a remarkable 25% increase compared to the previous year, totaling 464,717. 

While this achievement is commendable, there was a 7.6% gap compared to the pre-pandemic levels of 2019.

A shining moment in Belize’s tourism narrative is December 2023, when the country recorded the second-highest overnight tourist arrival for any given month in its history, welcoming a remarkable 55,574 visitors. This notable accomplishment underscores the destination’s allure and signals a positive trajectory for the tourism industry.

Meanwhile, cruise ship visits saw a remarkable 47% surge from 2022, totaling 904,189. This trails behind 2019 figures by 23%. 

Notably, January 10, 2024, represented the single busiest day Belize will experience this cruise ship season with 4 ships – namely Carnival Dream, Carnival Magic, Sky Princess, and Regal Princess – calling on Belize with approximately 16,000 passengers on board.  

This year Belize is expected to welcome 950,000 plus cruise visitors.

“As Belize continues to navigate the complexities of the global tourism landscape, these encouraging figures attest to the collective efforts and resilience of the industry stakeholders, local communities, and the Belize Tourism Board (BTB),” the BTB noted.

Belize remains committed to fostering sustainable tourism growth, ensuring the well-being of visitors, and preserving the unique cultural and natural treasures that make Belize a sought-after destination.

The positive momentum observed in 2023 serves as a testament to Belize’s enduring appeal and its ability to adapt to evolving travel dynamics.

 As the nation looks ahead, the tourism sector remains poised for further growth, offering an optimistic outlook for the industry’s continued recovery.


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